East River receives Workplace Excellence Award
Liz Avery and Chelsea Gerdes accept the Workplace Excellence Award on behalf of East River./East River Electric Power Cooperative

East River Electric Power Cooperative, headquartered in Madison, recently received an award through a Human Resource Management organization.

East River was awarded a Workplace Excellence Award in the Community Impact category.  The Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management Chapter honors local companies for excellence in the categories of diversity, culture, and community impact.  

The Rural Electric Economic Development, Inc. Fund (REED), a non-profit subsidiary of East River Electric, is staffed and operated within the organization and owned and governed by East River member cooperatives serving eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota. It serves as a community development financial institution dedicated to providing financing and helping to leverage investment and making a difference in the region. 

East River has developed an employee committee dedicated to enhancing their staff’s lives and empowering them to enhance others’ lives. For the past 58 years, this committee has planned and implemented a fundraiser to support the LifeScape organization. 

Through the Co-ops in the Classroom program, East River dedicates a full-time staff member to educating kids in classrooms all over the region about electricity, electric cooperative principles and mission, and how to be safe around electricity.


December 14, 2022